Hi, seen a few other threads but not any recent ones so wanted to restart discussion about careers. My medical history:
Herniated L5S1, microD 2012. Reherniated L5S1 again 7 weeks ago, having microD next week.
Disc first started having problems when I was at uni at 23 years. Since then I've been in a job which is sitting at a computer 80% of time. I have pain everyday from this & if do full working week (40hrs) have severe back pain and stiffness. Been trying to get off the pain killers as got stomach ulcer from these last year. Have physio and sports massage every week & do pilates X2 per week. Sitting upright in lumbar support chair makes pain worse. Get up every 20 mins and walk around every hour. Doesn't make any difference. If I work at home I do so in recliner and spread my 8 hours over 12 hour period with break in middle for walk/swim. This helps but I can't do this everyday and now with new job, not happy for me to work at home.
I had 2 months off work for holiday early in the year and pain was massively reduced. For first time in 3 years I didn't have chronic pain every day. Been thinking that after my surgery when I've recovered I might retrain, although not sure in what, maybe teaching. Sitting at a desk seems to be causing too many problems and my physio saying that because I've not been able to work at home in new job, sitting at office desk mightve contributed to my disc going again.
Anyone have any experience of teaching with chronic pain or after lumbar surgery? Anyone experience of going from a desk based job to something else and had relief?
I want to work and I'm still in my 20s so have many years of work left! I just want to find a career which could cause more and more problems down the line.